Saturday, April 9, 2011

Cloth Diapering

For our family, living simple = saving money. That is why we cloth diaper. Cloth diapers aren't what they were 30 years ago. I love that there are so many choices in modern clothdiapers. There are so many websites about the how-to's, FAQ's, the different types of diapers as well as tutorials on how to make your own.

My favourite cloth diapers for everyday use are Mother-Ease one size. They are very cost effective and fit from newborn to the end of the end of the cloth diapering age. Here in Canada, I paid $10.95 for new and about $8 for used diapers. The used diapers even had an extra snap-in insert. I have fleece liners that I lay on top of the diaper to wick away the moisture. This keeps the baby's bottom fairly dry.

I also have half a dozen different diapers that are thicker and more absorbant and great for night time diapering. I bought these used and on sale for $11 to $20 per diaper. The most absorbant of the lot are the Dream-Eze. They don't make them anymore, but you can buy them used. These make great night-time diapers.
Both of these diapers require covers. I love the Mother-Ease Air-Flow diaper covers. They have adjustable snaps and elastic at the legs and waist. I have a few that have survived cloth diapering three kids. That is really good bang for the buck.
When cloth diapering, you have to look at your situation and buy only the diapers that you need. Most Cloth Diapering stores have trial packages. You can try out different types of diapers and find out what works best for your child. Read reviews and compare prices. I was surprised that the same diaper can cost quite different prices. It is worth it to compare prices. Cloth diapering can seem quite expensive, since you are buying your complete stash prior to baby's arrival. It doesn't have to be. A general rule of thumb is 24 diapers in the baby's current size. You can use 18 if you wash a little more often. I have tried all-in-one's that were quite expensive and were not as good as the Mother Ease. Mother-Ease have been around for about 20 years and most of the all-in-ones for just a handfull. Living simple does not have to be and should not be expensive. Mother Ease are a no frill, cloth diaper that require a cover. They wash up really easily, dry quickly and fit from beginning to the end of diapering age. They have snaps, which are great once babies love to rip off their diaper as some point and snaps are harder to open than velcro.

All diapers need to be washed. We have some allergy issues, so we have to be careful choosing detergent. The best, but not cheapest detergent is Rockin' Green unscented. They get the diapers really, really clean and the diapers don't smell when the baby pees in them. Some detergents can leave a build-up that leave the diaper smelling like ammonia when they are wet with pee. Most stains come out in one washing and that is in itself absolutely amazing. Although Rockin'Green isn't cheap, I have to rinse the diapers less to get out the detergent which equals less water usage. You only need a tiny amount per load to get everything clean. That makes is worthwhile. The ingredients are also simple and not harmful for the environment.

"Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy." ~ Luke 12:33

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